Mr. Fan recently stepped down from his role as National Board Chair for College Possible to assume the role of Interim CEO for College Possible in May 2022. Prior to this role, Mr. Fan was the Founder/Executive Director for MN Comeback, a funder collaborative with a goal of ensuring all children in Minneapolis are enrolled by 2025 in rigorous and relevant schools that prepare them to thrive in college, career and community. Mr. Fan was also the founding Executive Director for Charter School Partners in Minneapolis and led the nonprofit for six years in its work to support the startup, growth and expansion of high-quality schools. In 2013 Mr. Fan was named by the Walton Family Foundation as one of the national “Ed Reformers to Watch.”
Mr. Fan worked for 16 years at General Mills, a global food manufacturer based in Minneapolis, in various marketing and sales positions in the areas of Brand Management, Category Management, Consumer Research and Strategic Planning. Prior to General Mills, Mr. Fan was at Accenture, a global strategic consulting firm, and worked with numerous organizations in the areas of technology, systems development and strategic planning.
Mr. Fan currently serves on the board of directors for Great MN Schools. He has also previously served on the board of trustees for The Minneapolis Foundation, the Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis, Social Venture Partners/MN, Hiawatha Leadership Academy, and was the founding board chair for KIPP Minnesota. Mr. Fan has been a volunteer for Best Prep, Junior Achievement, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Mr. Fan has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been married for 34 years and is the proud father of three adult daughters who have officially left the nest.